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by Mike Worrall
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Glen L 15 in Montana
Replies: 4
Views: 1655

Re: Glen L 15 in Montana

Level has been a tough concept for me during my Francis Drake build. I too built a raised platform (40' X 15') on which to build the boat; finding 'level' here was challenge #1. After righting the hull (flipping it rightside-up) the next 'level hurdle' was getting the hull level, both fore-and-aft a...
by Mike Worrall
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Francis Drake (C-Flex) update
Replies: 2
Views: 3275

Francis Drake (C-Flex) update

Hoping to give encouragement to others who might be in the midst of (or contemplating) a 'large' project, here's an update on my (now decade-and-half long) Francis Drake build. [Photos of the build in more-or-less chronological order can be found in the Glen-L Customer Photos site]. The FD is very m...
by Mike Worrall
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Carriage Bolts ?!?
Replies: 5
Views: 4644

Carriage Bolts ?!?

The image below is from the plans for the 29 foot Francis Drake FG version, specifically the detail for the bulwark cap. Note that the 1 X 3 cap is secured by an inner and outer 1 X 2 'shear cleat', and that the plans say to attach these cleats with 5/16" 'Carr. Bolts' at 6" intervals? I assume that...
by Mike Worrall
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Starpath 44 project boat
Replies: 2
Views: 2789

Re: Starpath 44 project boat

Interested in what you found (assuming you did indeed take a look...?) Hazarding a guess, it seems likely that no more than a dozen or so Starpath have been built, based on the size + length of time required to construct, plus the lack of 'customer photos' here on the Glen-l site. You indicate that ...
by Mike Worrall
Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Ballast Lead
Replies: 16
Views: 13187

Re: Ballast Lead

The Francis Drake (FG) has internal ballast. I used lead 'pigs' or 'ingots' (conjure a mental picture of the gold stored in Ft. Knox); in effect 50 lb 'bricks'. Using a compound miter saw with a non-ferrous blade, I cut each piece to fit into the keel cavity, packing each as close together as possib...
by Mike Worrall
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Tabernacle for Minuet
Replies: 1
Views: 1708

Re: Tabernacle for Minuet

See Minuet page @ Boat Designs dot com / photos / Roger C Hall. Looks like Mr. 'H' used a tabernacle on his heavily modified Minuet.

MW
by Mike Worrall
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Douglas Fir
Replies: 12
Views: 6641

Re: Douglas Fir

You don't say specifically if the bargain T&G is 'clear', i.e. generally free from knots... This is important. From Glen-L description of woods to be used on Ensenada: " Douglas fir (preferably dense clear vertical grain) and Sitka spruce are specified because they are light and strong." Should look...
by Mike Worrall
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Varnishing over epoxy top decking
Replies: 5
Views: 3934

Re: Varnishing over epoxy top decking

If you do use epoxy, you must remove the amine blush prior to over-coating with anything. (Warm water and a nylon scrub brush). And overcoat the epoxy you must, as epoxy has a very short life when exposed to sunlight (UV) *unless* it is over-coated. If using varnish, use a name-brand "marine" varnis...
by Mike Worrall
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: SV - Melodaire - (Lodestar) 55' Steel Sail Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 3184

Re: SV - Melodaire - (Lodestar) 55' Steel Sail Boat

Welcome, and a tip-o'-the-hat to you for dreaming BIG. Seems like there's only a few of us here building 'non-trailerable' (larger than ~ 25') Glen-L sailboats; though you didn't ask for it, misery loves company so here's a few tips: This will be > a 10,000 hour project. Plan ahead. Have all materia...
by Mike Worrall
Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: 8Ball wood substitution
Replies: 4
Views: 2532

Re: 8Ball wood substitution

In reading the one-sheet for the 8-ball, the emphasis seems to be on keeping the weight down. Hence, the call-out for Mahogony or Spruce, which are quality boat-building woods that have low lbs/cu.ft. There are others! See the link below for wood characteristics and pick those that are locally avail...
by Mike Worrall
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Wood Mast for Tango.
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

Re: Wood Mast for Tango.

Is South Bend nearby or driving distance...? See:

http://www.theworkbench.com/marine.php

MW
by Mike Worrall
Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Wood Mast for Tango.
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

Re: Wood Mast for Tango.

Where are you? 'Vertical Grain, Clear' Douglas Fir is easy to find (here) on the Left Coast.

MW
Los Angeles
by Mike Worrall
Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Glen-L25 bow roller
Replies: 5
Views: 2702

Re: Glen-L25 bow roller

How is the forestay tang (to the right of the bow roller) secured? I imagine high loads on that fitting...

MW
by Mike Worrall
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: sailing the Amigo
Replies: 10
Views: 4320

Re: sailing the Amigo

jrr: Carefully consider the time required to build vs. your ultimate goal of sailing to International destinations. In other words: Working alone, the Amigo might take 2-4 years to complete, assuming you can devote 40 hrs / week to the project, and depending on the level of 'finish' that will meet y...

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